Theodore Roosevelt quote

"In order to succeed we need leaders of inspired idealism, leaders to whom are granted great visions, who dream greatly and strive to make their dreams come true; who can kindle the people with the fire from their own burning souls. The leader for the time being, whoever he may be, is but an instrument, to be used until broken and then to be cast aside; and if he is worth his salt he will care no more when he is broken than a soldier cares when he is sent where his life is forfeit in order that the victory may be won."

Theodore Roosevelt

Born: October 27, 1858

Die: January 6, 1919

Occupation: 26th U.S. President

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Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life.

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Ours is a government of liberty by, through, and under the law. A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy.

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Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.

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A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.

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Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

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Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

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The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.

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Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.

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The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.

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The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.

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The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.

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Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.

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Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.

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Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.

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Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.

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No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.

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The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.

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Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.

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Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.

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The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.

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The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.

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The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.

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Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.

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No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.

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I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.

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The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead.

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It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.

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Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.

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If there is not the war, you don't get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don't get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.

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For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.

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Germany has reduced savagery to a science, and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.

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No ability, no strength and force, no power of intellect or power of wealth, shall avail us, if we have not the root of right living in us.

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90% of the work in this country is done by people who don't feel good".

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This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.

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Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.

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I put myself in the way of things happening, and they happened.

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No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar has been fairly earned.

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,...

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It tires me to talk to rich men. You expect a man of millions, the head of a great industry, to be a man worthhearing; but as a rule they don't know anything outside their own business.

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The longer I live the more I think of the quality of fortitude... men who fall, pick themselves up and stumble on, fall again, and are trying to get back up when they die.

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The joy in life is his who has the heart to demand it.

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Let the watchwords of all our people be the old familiar watchwords of honesty, decency, fair-dealing, and commonsense."... "We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each...

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Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who...

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We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when any one engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal.

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Theodore Roosevelt

Comparison is the thief of joy.

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I would rather go out of politics having the feeling that I had done what was right than stay in with the approval of all men, knowing in my heart that I have acted as I ought not to.

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To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity...

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There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.

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Theodore Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt

Each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.

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If given the choice between Righteousness and Peace, I choose Righteousness.

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Theodore Roosevelt

In life, as in football, the principle to follow is to hit the line hard.

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We should not forget that it will be just as important to our descendants to be prosperous in their time as it is to us to be prosperous in our time.

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We will send ships and Marines as soon as possible for the protection of American life and property.

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Freemasonry must stand upon the Rock of Truth, religion, political, social, and economic. Nothing is so worthy of its care as freedom in all its aspects. "Free" is the most vital part of Freemasonry. It...

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Freemasonry teaches not merely temperance, fortitude, prudence, justice, brotherly love, relief, and truth, but liberty, equality, and fraternity, and it denounces ignorance, superstition, bigotry, lust...

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From its origin to the present hour, in all its vicissitudes, Masonry has been the steady unwearing friend of man.

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Give the brethren a chance to do something, anything, no matter how small or unimportant. A brother convinced that he is helpful is enthusiastic.

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Gradually the true Mason gains experience in using these working tools and can observe subtler and subtler indications of personal flaws.

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Theodore Roosevelt

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would...

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Hans Christian Andersen

Each soldier was the living image of the others, but there was one who was a bit different. He had only one leg, for he was the last to be cast and the tin had run out. Still, there he stood, just as steadfast...

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Rupert Grint

The truth is that Ron is my hero. He's always there for his friends - sometimes belligerently, but there nevertheless. He's also the comic relief in stressful situations; the funny guy with a great one-liner....

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Joseph Sobran

In a few more days we will celebrate Xmas, the day we commemorate the birth of you-know-who. ...It seems the modern consensus of enlightened people that his name should be used in polite society only when...

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Samuel Johnson

The certainty that life cannot be long, and the probability that it will be much shorter than nature allows, ought to awaken every man to the active prosecution of whatever he is desirous to perform. It...

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Leo Tolstoy

He looked at her as a man looks at a faded flower he has gathered, with difficulty recognizing in it the beauty for which he picked and ruined it. And in spite of this he felt that then, when his love...

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Thomas Merton

The man who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much he may surround himself with people. But the man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own...

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Olaf Stapledon

Great are the stars, and man is of no account to them. But man is a fair spirit, whom a star conceived and a star kills. He is greater than those bright blind companies. For though in them there is incalculable...

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Timothy Keller

We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order. The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world...

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Caesarius of Arles

A person may say I am not much concerned how long I stay in purgatory, provided I may come to eternal life. Let no one reason thus. Purgatory fire will be more dreadful than whatever torments can be seen...

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Carl Sandburg

Tell him solitude is creative if he is strong and the final decisions are made in silent rooms. Tell him to be different from other people if it comes natural and easy being different. Let him have lazy...

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